A day to remember PM Modi lauds efforts of Himachal Government for organising Investors Meet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accorded rousing welcome on his arrival at Dharamshala to preside over the inaugural session of Rising Himachal Global Investors’ Meet (GIM) today. He was received at SAI ground by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. Governor Bandaru Dattatreya, Cabinet Ministers, former Chief Minister Shanta Kumar, Member of Parliament Kishan Kapoor welcomed the Prime Minister. Brand Ambassador for Investors’ Meet and famous Bollywood actress Yami Gautam presented Himachali cap and shawl, a symbol of respect on behalf of the people of the State, to Prime Minister at the venue.

Traditional welcome being given to PM Modi Ji.
Local performers dressed in colorful traditional attire amidst the soothing sound of traditional musical instruments also welcomed the Prime Minister to the ‘abode of the Gods’.
Prime Minister accompanied by the Governor and Chief Minister went around the exhibition stall and envisaged keen interest in it. Chief Secretary Dr. Shrikant Baldi briefed the Prime Minister regarding the exhibition.
Himachal has always received support and affection from Modi Ji.
The Prime Minister while addressing the inaugural session lauded the efforts of the State Government for organizing this mega event.
On this occasion, Prime Minister also released the Coffee Table Book
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the people of the State were fortunate that Himachal Pradesh was always close to the heart of Prime Minister, as it was the second visit of the Prime Minister to the State within a period of one year which shows the love and affection he had towards the State and its people. “Be it your visit to Israel wearing the Himachali cap, or your mention of ‘Chicago to Shimla’ in the recent ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston, USA, you have brought Himachal Pradesh to the global arena”, said that Chief Minister.

Vibrant Gujrat event is an inspiration for an entire Country to attract investment.
Jai Ram Thakur said that under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister the nation was changing and so was the economy and image of the country. He said that the vibrant Gujarat event organized by Shri Modi as Chief Minister of Gujarat has shown the way to attract investment for the State. He said that inspired by the success of Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh also decided to organize the Meet to woo investment for the State.

603 MoU Signed worth of 92 439 Crores.
He said that three international roadshows and six domestic roadshows and conclaves were organized within the state and the State also had meetings with Ambassadors from over 50 countries. He said that state government has set a target of attracting investment of Rs. 85,000 crore and has so far signed 603 MoUs for the investment of Rs 92,439 crore.

Himachal is the destination for every reason.
Jai Ram Thakur said that Himachal was keen at developing it as the hub of research and development in pharmaceuticals and establish it as a bulk drug pharma hub thereby reducing the nation’s import bill. He said that pristine beauty, cleanest air in the country, peaceful environment, cultural diversity, and linguistic plurality makes Himachal Pradesh is one of the most visited states in the country. The state offers visitors a variety of choices such as adventure, wildlife, eco-tourism, heritage, spiritual, etc. and the Government was committed to making sustainable tourism as one of the prime engines of growth in the state by establishing it as a leading global sustainable tourism destination.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the State offers attractive incentives under the Industrial Investment Policy to boost industrialization across the State and make it more attractive and industry-friendly. He said that various policies such as Tourism policy, Film policy, Information Technology policy, AYUSH Policy, Affordable Housing Policy were framed to attract investment in these sectors. He said that the State Government has taken a holistic view of attracting tourism in the State.

We are committed to the Holistic Development of the state.
He said that the State Government has identified key areas such as ensuring good health and wellbeing of all, providing quality education, access to affordable and clean energy, sustainable industrialization, decent economic growth and sustainable cities and towns, to achieve inclusive growth for State’s long-term socio-economic development. He said that the State has immense potential of investment in power, tourism and housing sectors. He urged the investors to make the ‘Dev Bhumi’ as their ‘Karm Bhumi’. He said that the State would soon establish the Investment Promotion Authority in the State to facilitate investments. He said that State Government has also approved a scheme for addressing legacy cases of VAT regime.

                   Global Investors Meet a platform for the Corporate world.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the two-day Meet would provide a platform to bring together heads of the state, leaders from the corporate world, senior policymakers, development agencies, heads from institutions of international repute and academia from across the world to further boost socio-economic development in the State.

UAE also partner Country for the Global Investors Meet.
ambassador of UAE in India H.E. Ahmed AI Banna said that UAE was the partner country in this Global Investors' Meet and was committed to make this event a mega-hit. He said that bilateral relations between UAE and India were at the highest level due to the vision of the leadership of both the countries. UAE was the third largest business partner of India after the United States and China, he added.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur presided over the B2G meeting with the delegation of UAE led by Ambassador of UAE in India. The Chief Minister said that the State Government has adopted a pro-active approach to attract investment in the State. He said that due to diverse climatic conditions, the State is known as a fruit bowl of the country.
A Russian delegation also had meeting with the Chief Minister and other senior officers of the State Government. Business delegation apprised the Chief Minister regarding their interest in the agriculture sector and culture exchange projects.
Later, the Chief Minister participated in Tourism, Wellness, and Ayush sessions and in the cultural night.
Mr. Ram Subhag Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Forest, Government of Himachal Pradesh thanked all the Speakers, Chief Guest and Participants to make Ease of Doing Business session a fruitful one.
Mr. Artis Bērtulis, Ambassador of Latvia to India gives his inputs at the Overseas Indians session of Rising Himachal.
Mr. Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Vice Chairman, Bharti Enterprises, expressed Bharti’s commitment of Rs. 1000 crore in 3yrs in telecom, payments bank, skill development, digital infrastructure, 2800 Kms fiber & philanthropy
Smt. Savreen Chaudhary, Hon’ble Cabinet Minister, DTCP and Urban Development talks about the importance of Indian diasporas in nation-building.
Mr. K.B Kachru, Chairman Emeritus & Principal advisor South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Group addressing the participants during the sectoral session on Tourism, Ayush & Wellness.
Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Chief Secretary, Himachal Pradesh giving a detailed presentation on Tourism potential in Himachal Pradesh.
Col H.S Chauhan, President, Indian Mountaineering Foundation, New Delhi addressed the audience about the potential projects for investment in the tourism sector.
Ms. Gurmeet S Rai, Founding Director and Principal Conservation Architect, Officiating President, ICOMOS - India shared her thoughts on developing religious and cultural tourism in Himachal Pradesh
Smt. Savreen Chaudhary, Hon’ble Cabinet Minister, facilitated Shri PC Sarangi, Union Cabinet Minister.
Ms Yami Gautam, Ambassador of Himachal Tourism, spoke about Organic Farming in HP

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Ms Yami Gautam, Brand Ambassador - Rising Himachal, GIM 2019 telling the audience about the benefits of natural farming in Himachal Pradesh.She thanked the Government of Himachal Pradesh
 for this opportunity and also encouraged the local people to try to be a part of Agro and Eco-Tourism.
Ms. Minakshi Sharma IAS, Director General Tourism, Government of India told audiences that the Central Government will try to give as much support as possible to the State Government.
Mr. Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State for Tourism, Government Of India congratulate everyone and told that under the Leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji, India moved up to 34th Place in Travel